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Sinetron and chill.

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Sunday, January 29, 2017

For the third time in less than a year I have found myself in Indonesia, but unlike other visits, I have noticed the integral role sinetron plays in the everyday life of Indonesians. As integral as the concept of 'Makan lagi', Sinetron is short for 'sinema electronik' and makes up an arguably unhealthy 25% of Indonesia's giant TV industry.   Read more...

Host-Family Life in Tanahberu, South Sulawesi

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Saturday, December 31, 2016

We have been in the small town of Tanahberu, Bulukumba for a week now. After having gone from one hotel to another, it’s been so nice to settle in somewhere. I already feel quite at home here. My host-parents are always willing to help Odah, my counterpart, and me in any way they can. Our host-mum always says, “Eat, eat!” and “Don’t wash the dishes!” if we try to help clean up, and our host-dad says, “Just call me when you want to be picked up.” Every day it is like this. I think Odah and I are very lucky. We feel like we are bothering our host-parents, but they are insistent that while we are here, it is their job. I’m very grateful.  Read more...

Last Week in Fleurieu Peninsula

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Thursday, December 29, 2016

My host family in rural area was so amazing. I lived with Hilary Gilette’s family. The small family with the big love, the simple family with the elegant lifestyle. Their one and only son, aged 28 years old, just worked in Queensland, that is why only three of us at home. During staying and living with them in two and half weeks, even it was a very short period of time, but it made me understand that love growth everywhere. The unconditional love they had given to me, made me felt like I am home. Every contact between us built a strong connection in our self indeed. Every worked day, they took me to my work placement and picked me up after work as well. It usually involved a very fancy dinner every night. They also took me to the great places on the weekend, such as; boat tours, wildlife park visited, watched Christmas Pageant, walked on the beach, doing some shopping and some sports. I was extremely impressed by their dedication to keeping me comfortable.  Read more...

Three Weeks for A Lifetime Memory

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

New Things to Learn in Adelaide City Phase

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

In Adelaide city phase, I worked at the Worth Gallery, an art shop and consultancy owned by Amy Sierp for three weeks. This work experience is very new to me because my background study is English Education, but I am really eager to learn many new things.

Every Thursday, Amy had an art class for primary school children next to her house called “The Barn”, and I was given the chance to teach drawing at The Barn. So, we closed the gallery earlier because it took 30 minutes drive to Stirling, to Amy’s house.


We started the Arts class at 3.30 PM in the garden near the house, and the garden was really beautiful. There was a big tree in the middle of the garden with so many kinds of flowers around. We sat on the grass in a circle. There were eight students who attended the class on that day. At first, I demonstrated on how to make a portrait sketch. I drew one of the students, Charlotte, using charcoal. Then I gave the drawing to her. She was really happy. After that, all the students could draw everything they wanted in the garden. They drew flowers, trees, leafs, and even their family. I helped them to draw the objects by giving tips and trick. After they finished their drawings, we walked around the garden. Apparently, the garden was very wide. There was a very big field, and we saw rabbits playing around on it. They also had a hidden cave in between the trees. It was a really great walk in the afternoon. I’ve never found the house which had a really wide and fancy garden like this. This was one of the most interesting experiences I got in my work placement.


On the other day, my host family and I went to shopping center for their Christmas shopping. We bought toys for Isaac and Noel and for their nieces and nephews. It was a very big shopping in the very big shopping center in Tea Tree Plaza. That day was one of my favourite days with my family, because we were all going out together. While normally we could not because Alison and Scott had the different schedules and they had to take care of their children and so many other activities. So then we took a selfie together with a really big smile.


Then I met their parents, Pa and Pat. They are very lovely. They told me a lot about their travel stories to other states of Australia, Canada, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Pat was a policeman, but when he retired they decided to travel the world together. They are really nice couple. They taught me a lot of things about Australians, how to make dried apricots and salad. On the last day before I left my host family, we did Barbeque together with Pa and Pat. I also did a presentation about Bengkulu and Indonesia. Then I let Alison try my traditional costumes. They said they were really happy to have me in their family and I am also really grateful to have them as my family.

Desi Aprianti - Bengkulu


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Visiting the South Australia Museum

Posted by: AIYEP Participants on Saturday, November 19, 2016

On Saturday November 12th 2016, I and my host family visited the South Australia Museum. It was natural history museum and research institution in Adelaide established in 1956. It occupies a complex of buildings on North Terrace in the Cultural precinct of the Adelaide Park land. We lived in Colonel Light Garden and it was quite far from our home to the Museum. It is about 9 kilometers away. We went to the city by car and it took 20 minutes driving to the Museum.

We arrived safely at the location around the Museum, we parked the car and we walked slowly down through the small path straight into the Museum. We saw many people from difference places came there and enjoying their vocation. As we walked slowly inside, we went into the animal’s section and Dad showed me all the different unique of animals that I have never seen before. I was surprised when I looked around and it was incredible. Then we got into the lift and went up to another section. We walked slowly to the fossils section and started to look one by one. It was the remaining fossils from Aborigine people for thousands of years ago. While we walked around and visited several places, we took some pictures as well.

We moved furthermore to the Arts section and looked around it was different types of motifs, some other painting and lots of designs on the wood and stones from many years ago. It was expressive and amazing that they collected from different areas all over the world. Furthermore, my Dad held my hand and took me to another room. He wanted to make me surprise, he took me in to that room and show me a big glass box. With anxiously, I looked into the big glass and finally I saw the “Bird of Paradise” which symbolized the Island of West Papua that happen to be a place where I came from. I could not do anything when I looked at the Paradise Birds but what I felt was my heart touched and tears of my eyes slowly dropped in a seconds. It reminded me of my home where I was born and grown up.

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